Instruction of English as a Foreign Language MA


Instruction of English as a Foreign Language MA


Instructor of English as a Foreign Language


Degree program



Accreditation number



Department of English Applied Linguistics

Department of English Language Pedagogy




2 semesters (1 year)

ECTS credits


Minimum number of students


Maximum number of students


Short description

This full-time master’s degree program is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and experience that will enable them to become fully-fledged professionals in the field of teaching of English as a foreign language. It includes three main components:

  • A series of taught modules (on-campus seminars and lectures) covering relevant subject areas in both semesters;
  • A period of supervised hands-on teaching practice (50 hours during the second semester) during which participants work with real learners of English as a foreign language;
  • A research-based dissertation or other project-based work, to be submitted any time within two years after the participant has earned all the credits on the taught courses.

The program enables participants to

  • explore relevant subjects in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge and skill;
  • develop and expand their understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of current principles and practices of English language teaching, focusing particularly on theories of language learning and teaching, the English language as a system, and general pedagogy;
  • use appropriate language for setting up and managing classroom activities, to interact with students smoothly in the classroom, to use complex and rich language to engage in professional discussions and to display proficient presentation skills at professional events;
  • develop their learners’ language skills effectively, use authentic materials and ICT tools, respond to individual learner differences, and adopt methods of differentiation accordingly, use traditional and alternative ways of assessment, select and apply effective error correction techniques, give constructive feedback, adopt principles of reflective teaching and, based on their own reflections, to start planning their own professional development;
  • benefit from access to seminars across the wider university in optional courses;

The program is regarded as a ‘second-cycle’ qualification under the Bologna Declaration and consists of 60 ECTS credits, 55 of which are allocated to the taught courses and the teaching practice, and 5 are allocated to the dissertation.

This program is recommended to applicants who

  • have already completed their BA studies and wish to obtain professional knowledge and skills through an MA degree in a one-year full-time postgraduate program;
  • wish to gain practical knowledge and skills they can immediately apply to their teaching practice;
  • wish to study at a prestigious Hungarian University on-campus in the centre of Budapest.
Strength of program
  • The lecturers involved in the program are internationally recognised experts with  international teaching experience who regularly give talks,  presentations and teacher training courses at universities and conferences around the world in the field of ELT.
  • Besides the hands-on teaching practice, the program includes a high proportion of face-to face teaching, with a combination of tutor and student input, including various group activities and students’ presentations and a low number of course participants on the course to ensure quality of teaching and learning
  • The program  collaboration with local and international ELT experts to ensure that students develop their professional skills, share best practices and can network.
  • Methodology of English language teaching
  • Descriptive linguistics from a pedagogical perspective
  • Language for the teacher
  • Classroom studies
  • Intercultural communication
  • Testing and assessment
  • Materials design
  • Information technology in ELT
  • Teaching practice

Plus a selection of elective courses offered by the School of English and American Studies.

Find the detailed structure of the program on the site of the Faculty.

Career opportunities

Career prospects for our graduates vary depending on their ambition but entrants of our MA English Language Pedagogy courses typically come with the specific intention of entering the ELT/TESOL profession. The specialist knowledge gained enables the participant to take senior or specialist roles (e.g., in CALL, ESP, teaching young learners or testing), not only in the classroom but also in educational advice and management, programme evaluation, syllabus design and teacher education.

For those wanting to take their research interest even further, within our University we run a Language Pedagogy PhD programme, where we offer teaching and research supervision in language acquisition, language learning and language teaching; culture and communication; psycholinguistics; language disorders and sociolinguistics.

Note that this qualification in itself does not enable the holder to teach in the state education system.

Job examples
  • English as a Foreign Language teacher at language schools or company courses
  • teacher educator
  • syllabus designer
  • materials writer
  • ELT manager
  • ELT counsellor
EU/EEA students
non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

3500 EUR

3500 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR

150 EUR

Other costs

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

non-EU/EEA students
Tuition fee/semester

3500 EUR

Application fee

150 EUR

Other costs

100 EUR (Entrance exam fee)

Offered for the next academic year


Start program

02, Sep, 2024

Deadline for applications - September intake

30, Jun, 2024

Is there a February intake


Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below. Full credit acknowledgement is only given for a bachelor’s degree in the fields of Liberal Arts and Educational Sciences.

In the case of a BA or MA degree from another field of study, each degree will be considered individually, and transcripts from your BA or MA degree as well as course descriptions will be requested. The applicant must have at least 50 credits to enter the programme from the fields of Liberal Arts and Educational Sciences.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). Details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Language requirements

The language of instruction is English. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate a very good level of English-language skills.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 7.0
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): C1
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based test): 83-120
  • TOEFL IBT Home Edition: 83-120
Documents to submit with application



Online application form


Secondary school certificate (graduation certificate)

Notarized copy only on request.

Bachelor-level degree

An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree

Transcript of records




Motivation letter

A maximum of 500 words. 

Copy of the main pages of the passport
(needs to be valid)

Scanned, in colour all personal details and expiry date must be shown. Passport must be valid.

Copy of application fee transfer


Copy of the Entrance exam fee transfer


Language certificate

Official test result or certificate must be provided;
see program specific proficiency requirements.

Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records if the language of the original is not English


Optional documents for admissions

  • Curriculum Vitae in English
    In MS Word format with one low resolution photo
  • Research Proposal
    Please consult with the coordinating department for more information
  • Letter of Reference
    Also called "Letter of recommendation." From a former instructor and/or employer.
Application procedure

Application deadlines

The deadline for application means the deadline of submission of the full and complete application package in the online system.

Period 1 for September intake: 01/11-30/11/2023 23:59 (CET)
Period 2 for September intake: 01/02-15/04/2024 23:59 (CET)
Period 3 for September intake: 16/04-30/06/2024 23:59 (CET)

The application procedure includes 3 periods in order to give the applicants the freedom to submit their application when it’s most suitable for them. The applicants of each period have the same chance to get admittance for the programme. However, please note, that the Faculty of Humanities ELTE reserves the right to cancel the entrance periods in case the number of the admitted applicants reaches the limit during the previous entrance periods.

Procedure of the application

The application starts in the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). The details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.

Applications will only be processed if the application fee (150 EUR; non-refundable) has been transferred to the Faculty’s bank account. The Application and the Entrance exam fee can be paid separately or in one amount as well. For further information regarding fee transferring please visit the homepage of our Faculty.

IBAN Bank Account: HU 03 1003 2000 0142 6201 0000 0000
Address: 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/a, Hungary
Name of the Bank: Hungarian State Treasury Ltd. (Magyar Államkincstár)
Address of the Bank: 1139 Budapest, Váci út 71.

Name of applicant
AY (for example: 2024/25/1)
The University’s sub-account number: AC9202/04

Results and the official decision will be announced within a month after the entrance exam date, in the application system.

For more information about the application procedures, please visit the Faculty's website.

Entrance examination and selection process

The entrance exam contains a discussion about the motivation and program-related academic background and professional experience of the applicant. Successful applicants must have an excellent command of English and pass the entrance exam. The format of the entrance exam is an online interview.

Further details of selection and evaluation

The ranking is based on a total evaluation of the academic excellence (based on the submitted documents) and the results of the entrance exam.

Program leader

Dr. Uwe-Jens POHL
School of English and American Studies, Department of English Language Pedagogy

Department of International Affairs
International admission coordinator

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